United States, Canada release preliminary rosters for 2020 Concacaf Men’s Olympic qualifiers

    The United States and Canada have released their preliminary rosters for the 2020 Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying tournament, which is set to run from March 18-30 in Mexico to determine the region’s two representatives in the upcoming Summer Olympics in Japan.

    No later than 10 days before the tournament, federations will need to submit a final 20-player roster for official competition. Changes will only be allowed in the event of force majeure or injury and must be made prior to 24 hours before each team’s first match. Any replacement players must come from the preliminary roster and will need to be approved by FIFA and Concacaf.

    The United States preliminary roster includes 48 players, 40 of whom compete in MLS. Meanwhile, 25 of the 50 players on Canada’s roster compete in MLS. Preliminary lists were capped at 50 players.

    LA Galaxy midfielder Efrain Alvarez is listed on both the United States and Mexico roster, but the 18-year-old can’t represent both countries. The federations and player would need to determine who he competes for, should he make the final cut. Alvarez has played for Mexico at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup, so a change of association request would have to be filed to pave the way for Alvarez to represent the US in official competition.

    Another MLS-centric note: Neither the US or Canada rosters have Toronto FC forward Ayo Akinola on them. Akinola, 21, is eligible to represent both countries, as well as Nigeria.

    United States preliminary roster

    The United States roster includes midfielder Brenden Aaronson and right back Bryan Reynolds, both of whom departed MLS this offseason on multi-million transfer fees. Aaronson went from the Philadelphia Union to RB Salzburg, and Reynolds went from FC Dallas to AS Roma.

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    FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids both have four players included, while Atlanta United, LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes all have three.

    Pos. Player Club
    GK Callender, Drake Inter Miami CF
    GK Freese, Matthew Philadelphia Union
    GK Klinsmann, Jonathan LA Galaxy
    GK Marcinkowski, JT San Jose Earthquakes
    GK Ochoa, David Real Salt Lake
    GK Scott, Brady Austin FC
    D Araujo, Julian LA Galaxy
    D Bello, George Atlanta United
    D Duncan, Kyle New York Red Bulls
    D Farfan, Marco LAFC
    D Glad, Justin Real Salt Lake
    D Gloster, Christopher PSV Eindhoven
    D Herrera, Aaron Real Salt Lake
    D Keita, Aboubacar Columbus Crew SC
    D Kessler, Henry New England Revolution
    D Pineda, Mauricio Chicago Fire FC
    D Pines, Donovan D.C. United
    D Reynolds, Bryan AS Roma
    D Robinson, Miles Atlanta United
    D Sands, James New York City FC
    D Trusty, Auston Colorado Rapids
    D Vines, Sam Colorado Rapids
    M Aaronson, Brenden RB Salzburg
    M Alvarez, Efrain LA Galaxy
    M Amaya, Frankie FC Cincinnati
    M Bassett, Cole Colorado Rapids
    M Busio, Gianluca Sporting Kansas City
    M Clark, Caden New York Red Bulls
    M Cardoso, Johnny Internacional
    M Dotson, Hassani Minnesota United FC
    M Lennon, Brooks Atlanta United
    M Mihailovic, Djordje CF Montreal
    M Parks, Keaton New York City FC
    M Perea, Andres Orlando City SC
    M Servania, Brandon FC Dallas
    M Tessman, Tanner FC Dallas
    M Williamson, Eryk Portland Timbers
    M Yueill, Jackson San Jose Earthquakes
    F Cowell, Cade San Jose Earthquakes
    F de la Fuente, Konrad FC Barcelona
    F Ebobisse, Jeremy Portland Timbers
    F Ferreira, Jesus FC Dallas
    F Lewis, Jonathan Colorado Rapids
    F Llanez, Uly VFL Wolfsburg
    F Michel, Benji Orlando City SC
    F Pepi, Ricardo FC Dallas
    F Saucedo, Sebastian Pumas
    F Soto, Sebastian Norwich City

    Canada preliminary roster

    Toronto FC leads the way with nine players on Canada’s preliminary roster, while Vancouver Whitecaps FC have seven players and CF Montréal have six players. The New England Revolution and Minnesota United FC are also represented on Canada’s 50-player list.

    Pos. Player Club
    GK Breza, Sebastian Potenza Calcio
    GK Curcija, Nikola Le Havre
    GK Hasal, Thomas Vancouver Whitecaps FC
    GK Pantemis, James CF Montreal
    GK Nogueira, Matthew CS Maritimo
    GK St. Clair, Dayne Minnesota United FC
    D Abzi, Diyaeddine York United FC
    D Bassong, Zorhan CF Montréal
    D Brault-Guillard, Zachary CF Montréal
    D Chung, Kadin Pacific FC
    D Cornelius, Derek Vancouver Whitecaps FC
    D Dunn, Julian Toronto FC
    D Farsi, Mohamed Cavalry FC
    D Godinho, Marcus FSV Zwickau
    D Cristian, Gutierrez Vancouver Whitecaps FC
    D Meilleur-Giguere, Thomas Pacific FC
    D Montgomery, Callum Minnesota United FC
    D N’sa, Chrisnovic York United FC
    D Romeo, Rocco Toronto FC
    D Sturing, Frank Den Bosch
    D Yao, Karifa CF Montréal
    M Baldisimo, Michael Vancouver Whitecaps FC
    M Bayiha, Clement CF Montréal
    M Choiniere, David Forge FC
    M Daniels, Aidan OKC Energy
    M Dias, Lucas Sporting CP
    M Fraser, Liam Toronto FC
    M Marshall-Rutty, Jahkeele Toronto FC
    M Metcalfe, Patrick Vancouver Whitecaps CF
    M Norman, David Not attached
    M Okello, Noble Toronto FC
    M Paton, Benjamin Blackburn Rovers FC
    M Paton, Harrison Ross County FC
    M Priso, Ralph Toronto FC
    M Raposo, Ryan Vancouver Whitecaps FC
    M Shome, Shamit FC Edmonton
    M Simpson, Steven Barnsley FC
    M Tabla, Ballou CF Montréal
    M Verhoeven, Noah York United FC
    F Bair, Theo Vancouver Whitecaps FC
    F Brym, Charles Lille OSC
    F Buchanan, Tajon New England Revolution
    F Campbell, Terran Pacific FC
    F Corbeanu, Theo Wolverhampton Wanderers
    F Johnson, Malik Real Monarchs
    F Nelson, Jayden Toronto FC
    F Ongaro, Easton FC Edmonton
    F Perruzza, Jordan Toronto FC
    F Shaffelburg, Jacob Toronto FC
    F Twardek, Kristopher Jagiellonia Bialystok

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